Steve Mata and Bob Vokey went through the bag with 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis on the range today. Ben has been playing the new 907D2 driver all year and was looking for a backup. His driver has 8.5Â° of loft with an Aldila VS Proto 70-S shaft. Ben, who also won the Booz Allen Classic and 84 Lumber Classic last year, isn't one to change his equipment very often. However, he did ask Mata to make a backup set of the Titleist Forged irons he has been playing for the last two years. Voke is also making backups to Ben's SM54 and SM60 prototype wedges. Bob has made a special grind with more heel-toe trailing edge relief which will play with the effective bounce reduced. Bob says that Ben is a very creative wedge player and this grind helps him hit a variety of shots.
As usual, Ben will be wearing the colors and logo of the local NFL team this week - the Miami Dolphins. Ben said he still gets fans rooting for him because of his NFL outfits, especially during football season.
-- Joe Gomes
Ben's Vokey SM54 prototype wedge.
Ben and Mata talk irons on the range at Doral.
Ben makes sure that Mata has all of his specs dialed in.